A reporter finds herself bumped up to Premium Economy, which makes her experience of the flight a positive one.
A reporter with Business Insider recently took the “risk” of making a transatlantic flight and opted for the Nordic airline Primera Air, after being tempted by fares in one of its flight sales.
Alison Millington says that at the time she booked, in March, there were 99 tickets on offer in the sale for each of the routes from London to New York, Boston, Washington DC, and Toronto, with some one-way fares available at an even lower price than advertised.
With patience – “the site was so busy I couldn’t get on it for hours” – she managed to buy a ticket at the sale price and paid extra for a 23kg checked bag and a little more for an XL reserved seat. In total she paid £143.98 (€160) for the one-way ticket.
But she was one of a number of customers who found themselves bumped up to premium economy. This, she writes, turned out to be far more “luxurious” than she had imagined.
The price of a seat in the premium economy cabin would normally start at £499, or $749 for flights from the US. Her many photos from the experience can be seen here.
She found that the priority boarding that comes free with the premium fare would be something worth spending extra on when flying economy, as “you can’t check in online with Primera” and “the economy queues were massive”.
“Premium passengers have their own check-in desks, and the whole process took me less than five minutes – though it looked long and draining for economy passengers,” she writes.
The plane, a new Airbus A321neo, was not delayed. The seat “was super spacious, and looked more like a business class seat than premium economy”. Legroom is 39 inches (99cm) with a 21-inch-wide seat, as opposed to 30 inches in economy and 32 in an XL seat.
Other perks in premium economy include a bottle of water, storage space inside the arm rest, power socket instead of just a USB port, a blanket and a ‘comfort kit’ with eye mask and even a shoehorn. The food was more than adequate, she says.
However, several drawbacks included no inflight entertainment and just two toilets on the plane, meaning constant lines in the aisles.